Family Dinner: Sodium Sense Red Sauces

It’s been a long day. But you’re home from work, the kids are home from school and it’s time to cook the family dinner. And you want to practice good sense about sodium intake in red sauces.

You open the pantry and immediately spot the red sauce standing next to the pasta. Longing for a little convenience, you pull the jar from the shelf. But when you check the label, 800 mg of sodium per serving stares blatantly back at you.

If you’re trying to stay below 1500 mg of daily sodium – and you’ve already enjoyed a lunch out – then this spaghetti sauce will definitely push you over your limit.

As a registered dietitian, the most common question I’m asked is how to make these classic Italian favorites without overdoing the salt and sodium. And although we may aspire to cook from scratch with all raw ingredients, our modern lifestyles don’t always allow us configure to that kind of cuisine. So, here’s a bit of advice on how to quench that craving with both health and convenience in mind.

It’s true that low sodium hot dogs are a myth, but sodium sense red sauces is a reality if you know what to look for – and a good red sauce can be the basis of a fast, healthy weeknight or weekend meal.

Low-sodium spaghetti sauce mixed with lean, ground turkey served over whole-grain pasta or Dreamfield’s low-carb pasta and paired with a salad drizzled with salt-free basil vinaigrette creates a delicious dinner that takes less than 30 minutes to prepare.

Low Sodium Spaghetti Sauces

As a firm believer in ‘practice what you preach,’ my research includes consuming the products that I recommend. Here’s a list of the best sodium sense red sauces that meet the definition of low sodium and the need for good taste:

  1. Francesco Rinaldi Traditional No Salt Added is a basic red pasta sauce (40 mg sodium per ½ cup serving).
  2. Amy’s Kitchen manufactures two pasta sauces that are light in sodium: a basil pasta sauce (250 mg sodium per ½ cup serving) and a marinara sauce (280 mg sodium per ½ cup serving).
  3. Enrico’s No Salt Pasta Sauce is a basic red pasta sauce (35 mg sodium per ½ cup serving).
  4. Although not low-sodium, Prego offers three varieties in the “Heart Smart” line of sauces that are reduced in sodium by 25 percent, lowering the mg to 360 per serving.

Bon appetit!

Author: Carla Spencer

Carla Spencer is a Registered Dietitian and founder of 2 Your Health. Her extensive career working with individuals with health challenges led her to create this site dedicated to helping people enjoy their lives while working to prevent or minimize the impact of kidney disease.

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